With just eleven days remaining until MCM London Comic Con revs up its engine, Toyota has announced that they will be launching an original manga adventure featuring their successful Aygo brand of cars. Leading manga artist Sonia Leong has worked with the company and created an adventure story which will feature a one-off version of the Aygo that is driven by the story’s lead character.
But the story for this unique superhero does not stop there, as this new character and the Aygo are both set to appear in a short animated film which will feature Sonia’s version of the automobile in a central role.
Manga fans will be familiar with Sonia’s work on such projects as the multi-award-winning manga version of Romeo and Juilet, Domo: The Manga, Draw Manga: Complete Skills book and the Channel 4 series, The I.T. Crowd. When asked to describe her work in this latest project, Sonia replied:
“It was an exciting challenge to use Aygo in this way, not only to represent a car through Manga illustration but also to use its styling to help shape a whole new hero character. As an example of contemporary Japanese-led design, Aygo is an ideal subject and I hope fans will respond to it and the story I’ve created.”
Sonia will be revealing her work and the new character she has created at the Toyota stand at the event, where it will join the ranks of the Toyota classic, the Corolla AE86, which previously earned cult status following its inclusion in the Initial D adventures.